Test your Car Care Knowledge
Now is the perfect time to test your knowledge of proper car maintenance! There are lots of myths and misconceptions about proper car care — can you spot the difference between truth and urban legend in the three myths below?
Myth: Engine oil can go 10,000 miles or more between changes.
Some car makers are recommending 10,000 mile intervals between oil changes, a recommendation that really only benefits car makers, since they produce new engines. We live in the real world, where severe driving conditions like commuting in stop-and-go traffic, towing, or dirt roads increase the frequency that you’ll need an oil change.
Pushing it to 10,000 miles creates the unnecessary risk of severe engine damage and expensive repairs. Use the rule of thumb to change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Our experienced technicians will work with you to determine the best interval between oil changes based on the type and weight of oil, your vehicle’s engine, and your driving habits.
Myth: You can wash your car with dish soap.
Washing your car can help maintain its value and save you money, but don’t use dish soap! Detergents in dish soap and laundry soap can strip the wax off of your vehicle!
Car washes are a reliable alternative. These are designed to effectively and efficiently clean your vehicle. They also usually use less water and soap than you would washing yourself at home.
If you’re washing at home, do not use dish soap. Instead, we recommend using a liquid or soap designed for cars that will clean without harming the wax or paint. If you’re trying a new product, always test in an inconspicuous area first.
Myth: You must go to a dealer to keep your factory warranty.
As long as you follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, and keep accurate records of these services, you can take your vehicle to our independent auto shop and still maintain your factory warranty!
The Magnusson Moss Warranty Act of 1975, allows you to have maintenance services performed by an independent auto repair shop without risking the manufacturer’s warranty.
Skipping maintenance all together is not an option. You can void your warranty and leave your vehicle at risk for extensive damage. Our experienced technicians will help you understand your warranty and the maintenance necessary to uphold it. Get better service, usually at a better price, at an independent shop!
If you have questions about a rumor you’ve heard or to learn more about the best care for your vehicle, call our experts at 847.985.6196.